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Gulbarga Institute of Medical Sciences facing acute shortage of anti-rabies vaccine


Gulbarga Institute of Medical Sciences facing acute shortage of anti-rabies vaccine

“There is a shortage of anti-rabies vaccines. There are issues from manufacturing units somewhere around in Tamil Nadu. We are facing this problem for over one month. We have brought it to the notice of our Director and he has discussed the issue with Director of Medical Education in Bangalore which comes under Karnataka government,” –Medical Superintendent GIMS hospital

Kalaburagi: Gulbarga Institute of Medical Sciences in Kalaburagi is facing an acute shortage of anti-rabies vaccine due to a shortage in drug supply, an official said on Saturday.

Girish, who brought his daughter for vaccination, was left disappointed after the hospital authorities informed him that no injection was available.

“I brought my daughter to this hospital for injection as she was bitten by a dog. Now, the hospital authorities told me that there is a shortage of injections. For people like us, treatment in a private hospital is expensive. Who will be responsible if something happens to her?” he asked.

When asked about the issue, Medical Superintendent GIMS hospital, Shivakumar accepted that there has been a shortage of vaccines and told ANI that the institute is dependent on Karnataka government for the supply of vaccines.

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“There is a shortage of anti-rabies vaccines. There are issues from manufacturing units somewhere around in Tamil Nadu. We are facing this problem for over one month. We have brought it to the notice of our Director and he has discussed the issue with Director of Medical Education in Bangalore which comes under Karnataka government,” he said.

Shivakumar continued, “They have asked us to take it from local distributors available in the market. Last time, we managed to buy it from local distributors but now we are facing issues again. We have now contacted the local distributors to buy vaccines. The shortage in our hospital is also due to its high demand.”

Rabies is a zoonotic infection (a disease that spreads from animals to humans) that can cause a rare but life-threatening infection of the brain and nervous system in humans. It usually results from a bite, scratch or lick from an infected animal.

The virus is estimated to kill around 59,000 people every year worldwide, most often as a result of a bite from a rabid dog in parts of Africa and Asia.

Rabies does not circulate in wild or domestic animals; although some species of bats can carry rabies-like viruses (European Bat Lyssavirus type 1 and type 2).

As per reports, in India, the vaccine costs around Rs 300 in the market. However, it is provided free of cost in government hospitals.

Providing treatment to the infected person within 10 days of infection is considered an effective way of preventing the ailment from becoming worse.


Source: ANI
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    Concerned Father June 12, 2019, 11:01 pm

    I am missing my 8 yr old daughter who has been taken to Gulbarga in April 2018 for what was supposed to be a 2 months visit. She along with my wife have been taken by my wife\’s brother, father who are lawyers and have kept them in their compound which has 4 dogs and they allow only their clients inside and not even their son in law. These lawyers instigate,threaten, create quarrels on relatively minor things that they themselves create and use it to drag on for years. In this way, they have started some quarrel first by threatening my daughter and then me and then forcing my wife who is in their custody to say as what they say. Since they have disconnected my wife, daughter phone and do not allow them to call me or me to call them it is creating problems for me as well as my wife, daughter. I am trying to bring back my wife, daughter to Bangalore and send my daughter to school in Bangalore. Disconnecting their phones and not allowing me to speak to them has created lots of problems. I cancelled my US trip as well as good job in USA and came to India to take care of my daughter, wife. However this is neither acknowledged nor accepted by wife\’s father or brothers who have locked my daughter, wife in their house. I went 10 times to Gulbarga from 2018-2019 to try and meet my wife, daughter. However lawyer is not allowed my daughter, wife to come out of the compound. My daughter begged me to take her to Bangalore, at least to the Hotel in Gulbarga where I had to stay at least out of the compound for a walk. However, the criminal lawyer did not allow that. Now he has threatened, forced, brainwashed my daughter not to speak to me. He has threatened, forced, brainwashed my wife to speak only what he says. My wife\’s mom passed away 3-4 yrs back in that house and she also complained about making the house a office and not allowing relatives etc to come to house or for them to go out of house for a walk at least.This lawyer is not only arrogant, adamant person, does not listen to any one, neither elders nor juniors. His behavior has taken its toll on his wife, my wife, my daughter as well as me. What is his problem if my wife/daughter speaks to me every day or every week. What is hiding ?? Why he is not allowing me to go inside his house and meet my wife,daughter. Not allowing a married man to meet his wife, daughter for years is against the law of marriage and amounts to animal cruelty. You do not need to go to Pakistan to find these types of terrorists. They are in Gulbarga itself. It is high time the govt of Karnataka, medical community wakes up and makes sure my daughter, wife are returned back to me and till that happens allow my daughter to be in touch with me daily.